The #Unstoppable21 campaign by The Times of India is a celebration of India’s 76 years of Independence. Its increasing global influence remains a source of pride even as it is driven predominantly by its vibrant youth population. These ambitious and spirited youngsters fearlessly pursue their dreams, surmounting every obstacle in their path, and garnering recognition for themselves and the nation on the international stage. The Times of India has chosen to recognize, applaud, and celebrate 21 remarkable individuals, each aged 21 or younger, for the #Unstoppable21 initiative. These 21 youngsters represent the unstoppable spirit of India across various domains, including the Humanities, Science, Sports, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Social Impact, and Entrepreneurship.
Handpicked by an esteemed panel of jurors including Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Mr. Vishwanathan Anand, Mr. Chetan Bhagat, Ms. Shaheen Mistry, and Mr. Govindan Natarajan, each of these young achievers tells a compelling success story that has the potential to ignite the ambitions of countless other youth, encouraging them to aim high and conquer the world.
IIT Bombay’s very own Mehul Borad was one of the 21 youngsters chosen to receive this prestigious honour. Mehul created a car that can move on varied terrains and overcome obstacles with hand gestures. In their write-up on Mehul, the Times of India said, “Mehul Borad’s messy room at Hostel 16 of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, is a complete antithesis to his clear goals in life. Since the age of seven, he has dreamed of becoming a scientist, which brought discipline and focus to his life. From drones to remodelling an EV car, from creating his own robotic break dance to building a car that moves through varied terrain and overcomes obstacles with hand gestures – Mehul has used all his understanding of electronics and design for smart engineering.” Mehul chose IIT Bombay because “Here in IIT-B is where one finds the best brains of the country. So I too came here, to network, to meet and work with the best minds. After all, this is a great launching pad.”